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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

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How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

A couple of points on the math portion of the SAT tests cost Eva Baker a year of free college tuition. Baker was planning on getting a year of college classes under her belt during her senior year of high school through Florida’s dual enrollment program. Dual enrollment allows high school students to take courses… Read More

Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

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Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

Imagine you’re out car shopping and you finally find what you think is a reasonably priced set of wheels … and then when the dealer pulls your credit, the monthly payment that seemed so affordable is no longer available to you. You might be offered a subprime car loan at 10% or even 20% interest,… Read More

Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

Managing Debt

Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

A reader, Joanne, wrote to us concerned because a debt collector had sent a fax to her employer, and right at the top of the fax was her Social Security number, available to anyone who happened to grab it from the fax machine. Here’s what she asked: Can the debt collection agency send a fax to… Read More

How Much Are Good Grades Actually Worth?

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How Much Are Good Grades Actually Worth?

How Much Are Good Grades Actually Worth?

If your parents paid you for good grades when you were a child (or if you’ve doled out cash to encourage academic achievement), you know what good grades are worth. But, it turns out, people who make good grades in school tend to make more money in their careers (when adjusted for education level and… Read More

Can You Pay a Credit Card With a Credit Card?

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Can You Pay a Credit Card With a Credit Card?

Can You Pay a Credit Card With a Credit Card?

Tight on cash and worried about how you’ll make your credit card payment this month? Waiting for a commission check, tax refund or insurance settlement so you can pay off bills? Or are you trying to use your credit card to pay for as much as possible so you can earn reward points or cash back? … Read More

How Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreck Your Credit

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How Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreck Your Credit

How Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreck Your Credit

Ask Doug Thorburn whether drinking or drugs can ruin someone’s credit — even if they aren’t using substances themselves — and he immediately shares a story of one of his clients who held a joint credit card with a business partner. There was no balance on the account when this client extinguished the partnership and canceled the… Read More

How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

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How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

If you’ve applied for homeowner or car insurance lately, you probably learned quite quickly that actually applying for insurance involves answering a lot of questions about yourself. But lest you are tempted to fudge facts and try to hide driving infractions or previous homeowner claims, you may want to be aware that your insurance company… Read More

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